Recruitment #2210-4366-002


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Safety Specialist/Safety Specialist-Senior assists in the management of one or more of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) divisional safety programs by performing case management, identifying safety hazards and training needs, conducting training classes, and documenting safety statistics.

Eligible candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the highest-level eligible list for which they qualify.

Essential Functions

Management of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

  • Use advanced case management techniques to coordinate a high-volume caseload related to work injuries, requests for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Transitional Duty, and Drug and Alcohol Follow-Ups.
  • Interpret and analyze various communications while tracking deadlines.
  • Interact with employees, departmental staff, health care providers, assistant city attorneys, Department of Employee Relations (DER) staff, and other parties regarding case management issues.

Design and Implementation of Occupational Safety Programs

  • Design, implement, and manage all occupational safety programs.
  • Conduct safety inspections and accident site investigations.
  • Perform evaluations and consultations related to worksites, equipment, vehicles, materials, facilities, and procedures.
  • Maintain data and provide reports for various parties.
  • Generate and maintain data in case management database software.

Safety Training

  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct safety training for managers, supervisors, and employees.
  • Develop and implement safety plans and programs.
  • Prepare and disseminate statistical reports.
  • Staff the Peer Support Team, who are certified “Mental Health First Aiders.” Serve on an as‑needed basis at all hours to provide DPW employees an avenue to connect with trained peers in a safe, non‑judgmental, confidential environment.
  • Coordinate random and follow‑up drug testing.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here.

The Safety Specialist/Safety Specialist-Senior must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Lift, move, or transfer up to 50 lbs. occasionally and up to 20 lbs. frequently.
  • Visit and inspect worksites, which may require walking, crawling, crouching, reaching, balancing, and standing.
  • Be available at all hours to respond to and address safety concerns.
  • Be available to participate in “snow monitoring.”
  • Be available to work in rotation during snow and ice emergencies.

Minimum Requirements

Both Safety Specialist and Safety Specialist-Senior:

1. Bachelor’s degree in occupational health, safety, human resources, business management, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 510-Standards for the Construction Industry certification and OSHA 511‑Standards for General Industry certification within one year of appointment and throughout employment.

3. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Safety Specialist:

4. One year of job-related experience assessing safety and performing employee compliance on safety and/or accident prevention programs.

Safety Specialist-Senior:

5. Two years of job-related experience assessing safety and performing employee compliance on safety and/or accident prevention programs.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

Technical Knowledge

  • Knowledge of Wisconsin’s Department of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations (DILHR) and OSHA occupational safety laws, standards, and principles.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of the physical sciences and engineering principles as they relate to safety.
  • Knowledge of effective training methods.
  • Ability to conduct research and perform surveys effectively.

Organizational and Critical Thinking Skills

  • Ability to effectively organize, plan, coordinate, communicate, and implement safety programs, training, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently utilizing resources to accomplish multiple tasks according to deadlines.
  • Honesty, integrity, and a commitment to safeguarding City resources.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Communication, Interpersonal, and Customer Service Skills

  • Verbal communication and presentation skills, including the ability to deliver engaging training programs.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to write narrative reports and correspondence.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with a multicultural, multidisciplinary staff and with other agencies.
  • Ability to function well under pressure, including during critical incident events involving employees.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with others whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.

Current Salary

Safety Specialist:

The current starting salary range (Pay Range 2IX) is $65,594-$83,481 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $67,562-$85,986. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

Safety Specialist-Senior:

The current starting salary range (Pay Range 2JX) is $69,943-$89,016 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $72,041-$91,686. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

APPLICATIONS and further information can be accessed by visiting

  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.